Why is Chicago’s gas so expensive?

Prices at the pump rise during holiday weekend

Gas prices are increasing as more Memorial Day weekend travel is expected.

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CHICAGO — Chicago drivers are paying almost a dollar a gallon more for gas than the rest of the country. The good news is, the price spike is only temporary.

For the entire metro area, unleaded regular averages $3.46 a gallon; the national average is $2.66 — the lowest in six years.

Chicago’s gas prices rose almost immediately after BP reported a problem with its refinery in Whiting on Aug. 8.

When it’s fixed, the price will come down; but BP still can’t say how long repairs will take.


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